#rugbyunited, Rugby Union, Rugby World Cup, Shirt, Uncategorized

The new Rugby World Cup England Shirts Launch at Twickenham Stadium.

Well it was another early start for me a couple of days ago, but it was well worth it!

There were a number of players from the 50 strong, soon to be 45 training squad. Although there had been a leak on twitter a couple of day before the launch, no one had seen the shirt in the flesh until Monday last. The day kicked off with a welcome cup of coffee and a pastry. then we took our seats in the St George’s Suite for the launch to begin.

It became obvious that not all present were journalists, we had been joined by some very lucky committed supporters who had won a competition to attend this event. There was one very small boy who was initially a bit shy but soon came out of his shell when the players started interacting with the supporters including him. It was lovely to see and that why I personally love our game. None of the players were too aloof to spend time chatting. We were given a terrific guided tour of the President’s suite, sadly Sir Jase (Leonard).our president, was not in residence that day. Then it was off to the Committee room where, as Will Carling in 1995 would put it the 57 old farts sit! Sadly this led to his sacking as England Captain. Still a hero of mine! Then down to the changing room which has been refurbished substantially. We were warned not to go into the shower area as one visitor had stayed in there recently and was soaked by the automatic showers! The tunnel area has been improved massively and the normal rather dab feeling of the stadium is now so much more welcoming , especially as there are thousands of supporters photos in a huge collage. Meg Stevens would appreciate it! Even the pitch has never looks so pristine. We had our mobiles confiscated as we were being treated to an unreleased advertisement concerning the forthcoming Rugby World Cup. I have to admit to a tear forming in my eyes, the footage was very emotional and made me proud to be representing England on #rugbyunited during this period. I am truly blessed!

A small group numbering seven of us social media journalists were taken upstairs to another suite where we were given the opportunity to interview a couple of the players. I admit, I have never been a big fan of Saracens but Billy Vumipola and Jamie George were terrific and very informative, so I have uploaded footage of interviews with both. Thanks guys, were both great fun to chat to.

Off we went for a general mingle with the players, this was very informal and our littlest fan made the most of it! Each fan was presented with their own Rugby World Cup shirt and most took no time in getting the players to sign them. After all what an opportunity to get the players in one place!

None of the above would have been possible had it not been for a personal invitation from @CanterburyNZ who made the shirts. My personal thanks goes out to Nat Brierley who made the day very memorable and who presented me with a limited edition England Test Shirt (only 2015 made) and made to the same standards as the players shirt. The build quality and innovation into manufacture and fabric was second to none. The players said it was by far the best shirt they had ever worn. I am sure they were being genuine as opposed to taking the Canterbury line. I was equally impress with the alternate red shirt which was of the same quality. Needless to say I took the opportunity to get my shirt signed by quite a few players including Captain Fantastic, Chris Robshaw, Dan Cole, and Marland Yarde. The following day, it was down to the framer so i can hang that little beauty on my wall!

Billy Vunipola and Jamie George were appearing alongside their England team mates at the launch of the innovative England Rugby World Cup 2015 shirt #CommittedToEngland. Visit Canterbury.com.


Innovation Shirt Infographic

#rugbyunited, Pin badge, Rugby Union

#rugbyunited pin badges.

We are pleased to announce that the above pictured pin will be on sale very shortly. The price will be £5 including postage and packing. 

We thought that it would be nice to produce something which people can wear to rugby events to show how #rugbyunited we are in our beloved sport. Of course, you could wear it at anytime! 

The pins are of high quality, made of nickel and accurately enamelled in the way the #rugbyunited colours were intended. 

There is no country or club indicated on it meaning you can all wear it. 

Initially we are having 200 manufactured which should reach us at the latest in 4 weeks time, so you can be assured it will be ready for you for both RugbyAid and the Rugby World Cup.

You can pay for the badges simply by logging onto PayPal and clicking “send money” tab and enter my personal email address: s.engel054@googlemail.com (the 0 after s.engel is NOT a letter, it’s a fault with this typeface). Remember to click the goods option. You can also use the PayPal app if you have a smart phone, again click the goods tab. Using this method, you can alternately use you mobile number. Please ensure you send an email to England@rugbyunited.info with contact details and your name and delivery address. If paying by mobile number please email us with the number as well to avoid confusion.

If you are not within the UK please email England@rugbyunited to ascertain any additional postage costs.

To beat the queues, you can pre purchase the badges from now on. If we run out of badges, we have the option to purchase dependant on demand.

Rugby Union, Uncategorized

#rugbyunited underwear. It could be a reality!

We are exploring the idea of #rugbyunited underwear both male and female with a company called Oddballs (@myoddballs) this company donates proportion of the money made on underwear to Testicular Cancer research. They have a great range of weird and wacky underwear. I personally have several pairs! You will glad to here will not be modelling them!

I had a light bulb moment a few days ago and sent Oddballs samples of our logos. This is what they came up with.


In order to make the deal financially viable they would need guaranteed sales of at least one thousand pairs. Now surely with 300,000 plus followers this should be achievable.

We need your help to circulate this through the #rugbyunited family. Let’s make this work! 

We estimate that the underwear will retail at a discounted rate of just under £10.  Not bad for a limited edition of #rugbyunited wear!

Just favourite the email if you don’t like this or if you do & will definitely buy a pair  RT this email.

Harlequins, Quins, Rugby Union, Uncategorized

Rugby Aid is going to happen! This year!

We had hints, saw a Twitter account @RugbyAid2015, was this a wind up? Was this for real? We have had false starts and people trying to sell us twitter accounts. We knew we needed big guns the get this off the ground.

Well, I am pleased to say that below is the official press release announcing the date, 4th September and the venue, Twickenham Stoop. The game will have some big name players, ex-players and celebrities.

The tickets went on sale today and are available through Harlequin FC ticket office on 0208 410 6000 and select ticket office from the options. I foresee that this event will be a sell out. I for one will be buying my tickets first thing on Monday morning.

Proceeds of the game will go to @RugbyforHeroes

Rugby Aid


Rugby Union

QBE touch rugby tournament 

A few weeks ago we went to Twickenham Stadium courtesy of QBE Rugby to witness the the touch rugby tournament that they had set up. There were many players who never dreamed that they would ever play on the hallowed turf. So many smiles and a good deal of excitement!

They even laid on a Mr Whippy ice cream van, a Pimms stand and a barbecue! Such an ordeal to cover this event, you can imagine. 

Down to the serious bit, what’s all this about touch rugby, what does it add to our tremendous game? Who to ask? Who better than the coaches who were there running the proceedings. Have a look at our video, they had some very inspiring things to say. You can also tell how passion they have coaching these youngsters! 

Enjoy the video.

        Finally thanks to Graham Love for editing it from a fairly amateurish footage to a very professional result!! 



        Andy Farrell announces a coaching competition

        “Andy Farrell was representing England Rugby at an event hosted by QBE, the business insurance specialist and official insurance partner of England Rugby. To make a nomination and enter the QBE My Coach head to QBErugby.com”


        Andy Farrell supports the QBE Coaching Club and My Coach Competition


        As the England team prepare for a really important six months of international rugby, Andy Farrell, England Backs Coach went to Twickenham Stadium to meet the next generation of rugby coaches. Farrell met members of the QBE Coaching Club who have recently been through the Level 2 coaching course, to coach a touch rugby tournament– an event organised by QBE, the official insurance partner of England Rugby and title sponsor of the QBE Internationals.


        While coaching alongside the QBE coaches, Farrell had the opportunity to reflect on the role of the QBE Coaching Club, a joint initiative between the RFU and QBE Insurance.. This initiative will see 2,015 new Level 2 rugby coaches recruited and trained by September 2015.   The initiative has been established to ensure the game has enough quality coaches to welcome new players and encourage them to stay within the sport.


        Andy Farrell said: “The QBE Coaching Club initiative is a great way of ensuring thatthe coaching infrastructure in rugby has enough support to cope with the influx of new players we anticipate getting for rugby after the World Cup. It’s been fantastic to meet the QBE coaches today and hear how they are coaching rugby in their local communities and inspiring the next generation of players across the country.”


        As the initiative nears the 2,015 for 2015 target, QBE have launched My Coach, a national competition that looks to reward four coaches who have inspired and supported the success of amateur and professional players alike. Winners of the competition will receive a coaching session from a legendary rugby personality at their club as well as a place on the QBE Coaching Club, to become a Level 2 qualified coach.


        Andy Farrell commented: “QBE My Coach is a great competition and I’d definitely encourage rugby clubs across the country to enter their inspirational coaches.. This is a fantastic way to support and recognise the impact that coaches can have in sustaining and developing participation in rugby at a grass roots level.”